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Data—binary code The Value of Making Your Data Sources Reusable across Test Automation Tools

Many automation tools have a mechanism for storing data used in their test scripts. Typically, the specifics of this mechanism is different across tools, making it difficult to use this data outside the tool itself. Using an external, reusable data source allows organizations to avoid the cost of migrating or duplicating existing data, thereby future-proofing their frameworks.

Paul Grizzaffi's picture Paul Grizzaffi
Volkwagen car emissions What IoT and Embedded Device Testers Can Learn from the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

In 2015, it was discovered that Volkswagen had equipped millions of its cars with software to cheat on diesel emissions tests. It was a team of independent testers that uncovered the fraud. Jon Hagar tells testers what they can take away from the scandal and gives some recommendations to consider in order to improve the test industry for IoT and embedded systems.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
Machine learning Testing a Moving Target: How Do We Test Machine Learning Systems?

Most machine learning systems are based on neural networks, or sets of layered algorithms whose variables can be adjusted via a learning process. These types of systems don’t produce an exact result; in fact, sometimes they can produce an obviously incorrect result. So, how do you test them? Peter Varhol tells you what you should consider when evaluating machine learning systems.

Peter Varhol's picture Peter Varhol
Mob testing group Amplified Learning with Mob Testing

Just like with mob programming, mob testing is all about a group of testers coming together and collaborating. A lot of our testing knowledge is tacit—it’s in our heads, built from our years of experience. With the combined experience of everyone in the group, we get the best possible approaches to the testing task at hand.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi's picture Maaret Pyhäjärvi
Top ten stickyminds articles in 2016 2016 Top 10 StickyMinds Articles

As 2016 draws to a close, we at TechWell took a look back at the topics that most interested our StickyMinds readers. We hope you enjoy this curated list of top-ranking articles and interviews covering everything in the software testing industry from Selenium and test automation to API testing, kanban, and the future of the software testing profession.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
RoboCop Building a Better RoboCop: The Stages of Software Testing

In the movie RoboCop, the cyborg law enforcement officer advised people to “Stay out of trouble.” This article focuses on ways to stay out of trouble when building a software product by following the stages of software testing, using the 1987 movie’s titular character as an example. Let’s examine each testing stage and see if we can build a better RoboCop.

Michael Mak's picture Michael Mak
Data security Test Data Privacy: Start Now to Comply with New Regulations

The key for test data privacy is fulfilling testers’ needs for efficiency, speed, and the most accurate representations of data and application behavior in the production environment, while ensuring privacy and protecting testers from unintentional hazards. Here are some tips for getting started on a test data privacy project to comply with the EU’s coming General Data Protection Regulation.

Marcin Grabinski's picture Marcin Grabinski
Three strikes Tales of Test Automation Failure (and How to Find Success)

Adopting test automation in your test plan is more challenging than it may initially appear. Understanding these challenges can help QA teams recognize some common mistakes and set a better, more realistic plan for their next attempt at automation. Read these three cautionary tales so you can avoid them on your path to automation success.

Ajay Balamurugadas's picture Ajay Balamurugadas
Test automation button What Software Testers Need to Know about Automation

Even if you're currently only using manual testing, it's still important to know about what's going on in the world of automation. Whatever your role is, your day-to-day job will probably be enhanced by using at least some of the approaches in this article. Here, learn what some common terms mean and some examples of how they might be used in a software development shop.

Josh Grant's picture Josh Grant
Test management tool Choosing a Test Management Tool that Will Scale with You

When choosing a test management tool, it’s important to select one that will scale with your company’s needs, allowing you to grow and expand based on your evolving challenges. This article describes the elements you should take into consideration when choosing your tool, including functionality, deployment method, customization, end-to-end coverage, and support.

Joel Montvelisky's picture Joel Montvelisky

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